Ligety remains fourth at Beaver Creek, Carlo Janka wins again

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 6, 2009 1:13 pm

Swiss skier Carlo Janka has quickly become the man to beat on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour. No skier has won three straight races (in different disciplines) since Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, who nabbed a trio of wins in Lenzerheide.

Some are excited about the new ‘Renaissance’ which is knocking the Austrians off of their ski racing pedestal. Today, the 23 year-old Janka beat Austrian Benjamin Raich by .47 seconds, which in this sport, is a pretty big margin. It was Janka’s fifth victory so far (Janka also won the Super Combined and Downhill at Beaver Creek), and by the looks of it, the fifth of many to come. Svindal took the bronze.

“I can’t believe I won three here,” said Janka. “The most important thing is for me to be able to carry this success to the European circuit.”

As for Raich, success is also a familiar at Birds of Prey. The two-time Beaver Creek winner was happy with his silver but impressed by Janka. “He’s in perfect shape and has a lot of self confidence,” Raich said before adding about his own performance, “It was a good day for me. I like this hill and I’m happy to be on the podium.”

After bruising his leg early in the season, Svindal was happy, too. “Beaver Creek, for me, went as well as I could possibly hope for,” said Svindal. “If I continue to step it up it’s going to be a good season.”

The U.S. Ski Team’s Ligety kept his fourth-place finish from the first run, though he did make a mistake which perhaps cost him the podium. “I was skiing fast and having a good run,” Ligety said. “I just went a touch too straight over that final knoll, and I was off balance a little bit, too. And I kind of dished some speed there.”

According to Ligety, Janka was impressive.  ”Janka’s skiing has been pretty incredible,” said Ligety. “It’s crazy to see how he did here. He’s a really strong kid.”

Svindal agrees about the new Swiss target. “It’s good that he is making a name for himself,” said Svindal. “We need guys like that in the sport.”